Norway and ILO in Sri Lanka signs partnership agreement – focus on immediate needs in North

Norway and ILO in Sri Lanka signs partnership agreement – focus on immediate needs in North

Norway and ILO in Sri Lanka signs partnership agreement – focus on immediate needs in North

Written by Staff Writer

22 Nov, 2016 | 9:12 pm

Norway and the International Labour Organisation in Sri Lanka have signed a partnership agreement to extend the government of Norway’s support to the conflict affected communities in the North.

The project will address the immediate needs of decent work and livelihood opportunities at the grass root level in the conflict affected northern districts

The agreement was signed between the ILO in Sri Lanka, officer-in-charge Indra Tudawe and the Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka Thorbjorn Gaustadsæther.

Under the partnership, the ILO in Sri Lanka with the financial support of the Government of Norway, will enhance local economic development through partnerships between the private sector and the primary producer communities which will lead to sustainable income generation activities for the families in the project district.

The Rs.190 million two-year project will directly support more than 2,000 families by developing new business models such as joint ventures between cooperatives and large agro based companies, fruit and vegetable and fish exporters to transform the lives of conflict affected communities.

At the signing of the contract,the Norwegian Ambassador stated that “generating sustainable livelihood and economic empowerment of the conflict affected communities is key to reconciliation and economic development in Sri Lanka”.

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